8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

8 days in The Balkans Itinerary

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Ankara
Fly
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Izmir
Drive
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Cesme
— 1 night
Drive
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Didim
Drive
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Bodrum City
— 1 night
Drive
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Marmaris
— 1 day
Drive
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Faralya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akyaka
— 3 nights

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Ankara

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ankara travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Ankara. In December, daytime highs in Ankara are 3°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. On the 14th (Mon), you're off to Izmir.

Things to do in Ankara

Nightlife · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Izmir

Pearl of the Aegean

The birthplace of Homer, the ancient port city of Izmir boasts a colorful heritage that includes traces of Greek, Armenian, and Jewish cultures.
On the 14th (Mon), visit Kemeralti Market, make a trip to Saat Kulesi (Clock Tower), and then stop by Has Deri Leather Shop.

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Fly from Ankara to Izmir in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Ankara in December, expect Izmir to be somewhat warmer, temps between 9°C and 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Cesme.

Things to do in Izmir

Neighborhoods · Shopping

Cesme

— 1 night
The ancient coastal town of Cesme has managed to preserve its natural beauty, even after many years as one of the most popular beach resorts in Turkey's Aegean Region.
To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cesme itinerary app.

You can drive from Izmir to Cesme in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Izmir to Cesme is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Izmir in December, you will find days in Cesme are a bit warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Tue) before leaving for Didim.

Things to do in Cesme

Outdoors · Parks · Nightlife · Beaches

Didim

Didim is a small town, popular seaside holiday resort, and district of Aydın Province on the Aegean coast of western Turkey, 123km from the provincial capital city of Aydın. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Miletus and then enjoy the sand and surf at Altinkum Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Didim tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Cesme to Didim by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkey Time (TRT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Cesme in December, expect nights in Didim to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bodrum City.

Things to do in Didim

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Bodrum City

— 1 night

St.-Tropez of Turkey

More than a million tourists visit Bodrum City each year, drawn by its sandy beaches and luxury hotels.
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Traveling by car from Didim to Bodrum City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bodrum City are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for Marmaris.

Things to do in Bodrum City

Outdoors · Nightlife · Tours · Parks

Marmaris

— 1 day
One of Turkey's major port towns and tourist resorts, Marmaris sits on the stretch of the Mediterranean coastline popularly known as the "Turkish Riviera." Nestled between verdant mountain ranges and the sea, Marmaris draws sailors and divers from around the globe, its marinas packed with private yachts and tour boats.
On the 16th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Siteler Sirinyer Cami, then explore the activities along Dalyan Nehri, and then stop by Homemade By Rachel, Marmaris.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marmaris visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bodrum City to Marmaris takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Bodrum City in December, Marmaris is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Faralya.

Things to do in Marmaris

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Faralya

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Gemile Adasi and then enjoy the sand and surf at BelcekIz PlajI.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Faralya tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Marmaris to Faralya takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Akyaka.

Things to do in Faralya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Akyaka

— 3 nights
Venture out of the city with trips to Dalyan (Dalyan Cami, Lycian Rock Tombs, &more).

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Akyaka trip maker website.

Getting from Faralya to Akyaka by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Akyaka are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C.

Things to do in Akyaka

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Izmir Province travel guide

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Ruins · Beaches · Landmarks
İzmir Province represents a land where undulating mountains fading into the indigo sky serve as a backdrop to lush green vineyards. Its abudance of ancient ruins and location on the Aegean coast make this Mediterranean province a prime holiday destination. The province boasts a fascinating history, having been ceded to the Greeks following World War I, only to be later reclaimed in the Turkish War of Independence. The coastal towns, ancient cities, warm climate, and superb local fish and herb cuisine are among the delights of this vacation spot.